US Army unveils 1.8 gigapixel camera helicopter drone

December 30, 2011 | Source: BBC News

The drone aircraft can hover and does not need a runway to to take off or land (credit: U.S. Army)

New helicopter-style drones with 1.8 gigapixel color cameras are being developed by the U.S. Army.

The army said the technology promised “an unprecedented capability to track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet (6.1km) across almost 65 square miles (168 sq km).